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Tips for Distributing Your Film in 2021: What Distribution Deals Look Like Today

This Stage 32 Blog comes from Martin Gooch, a director and screenwriter based in London, England. 

When should you first start talking to distributors to sell your film? Unless you’re an industry veteran, I bet you’ll be surprised to find out the answer. In this article, I’m covering Stage 32’s Film Finance Summit 2021 – the distribution portion.

In the first portion of this article, we go over where distributors look for films, when to talk to them, and what’s in demand. In the second portion, I share wisdom from the panelists about backing into your budget, what films are going to theaters, what contracts look like in streaming vs. all rights distribution deals, and predictions for the future of the entertainment industry.

Attracting Finance, Talent, and Distributors: Wisdom From The Stage 32 Film Finance Summit

This Stage 32 Blog comes from Martin Gooch, a director and screenwriter based in London, England. 

Most people making TV and film want to know what types of shows financiers and buyers are investing in right now. Here you go…

I came up with this list based on what financiers and distributors said during the Stage 32 Film Finance Summit. Note that most of them are focused on independent films, but a few people did TV and studio films. I’ve listed the biographies of each person mentioned in this article at the bottom of this article.

Wisdom From The Stage 32 Film Finance Summit – Part 1: Focus On What Audiences Want

This Stage 32 Blog comes from Martin Gooch, a director and screenwriter based in London, England. 

Stage 32’s Film Finance Summit rocked. The panelists were “unfiltered and unhinged,” said one of the Stage 32 moderators, Amanda Toney. Another Stage 32 moderator, Harrison Glaser called them, “unvarnished,” and personally, I loved the speaker’s honesty and transparency.

With three panels on producing, finance, and distribution, the Summit took a complex and open look at the state of the film and TV industry in 2021. I’ve remixed the wisdom from all three panels together in a 3-part blog series of articles under the following sections:

  1. This intro and what audiences want
  2. Attracting talent, investors, and buyers/distributors
  3. What finance and distribution deals look like today

Maine Jewish Film Festival Job Opportunity

Executive Director, The Maine Jewish Film Festival

The Maine Jewish Film Festival (MJFF), a nonprofit 501c3 organization, is located in Portland, Maine.
MJFF’s mission is to provide films to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community about the global
Jewish experience. MJFF presents a 10-day annual Film Festival of 15-20 films from around the world
throughout the State of Maine. The Film Festival brings national and international guests, providing our
audiences with a rare opportunity to engage with contemporary filmmakers. In addition, we offer other
collaborative arts, music and film events throughout the year. Our 2021 Festival will be presented
November 6-14, 2021.

For more information, please visit our website at www.mjff.org

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to the MJFF ED Search Committee at mjffedsearch@gmail.com.